Friday, May 22, 2020

The district calendar in Edgenuity has Memorial Day (5/25) identified as a holiday so students should not be seeing any work assigned for that day in their course pacing.  Students can use the day to get ahead or use it as a makeup day from the outage this past Monday. 

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Tidewater Writing Project 2020 Summer Institute

Tidewater Writing Project’s
2020 Online Summer Institute

Dates: July 20th – 31st, 2020
Hours: 9am – 11:30am with virtual meeting via Zoom at Noon – 3pm, asynchronous
Audience: This institute is designed for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, as well as
coaches in all content areas.
Participants will:
• Earn 3 hours of graduate credit (equal to 90 certification points).
• Receive a certificate of completion.
• Become a Teacher-Consultant (TCs) of writing instruction.
• Join the professional network of the National Writing Project.
Objectives:
• Experience the writing process by identifying and developing your own writing.
• Develop and present a best-practice demonstration lesson which explores the theoretical
underpinnings and examines student work.
• Identify and research classroom practice with the aim of developing lifelong learning and
professional discussion around the nexus of pedagogy and curriculum.
Tuition:
Licensed teachers currently working in public schools will receive a 25% tuition discount.
Tuition with discount for graduate students: $1,306.50.
Tuition without discount for graduate students: $1,742.
Admission and Registration:
• Course Number and Title: TLED 695 (CRN 36509 or CRN 36510)
• TWP Invitational Summer Institute: Teacher Leadership Development
Please register by June 15, 2020 at https://odu.edu/academics/summer

For information on how to register, please go to https://online.odu.edu/academics/how-register-courses

For more information and questions, please contact Dr. Lea Lee

Department of Teaching and Learning
Darden College of Education & Professional StudiesOld Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia – 23529

lxlee@odu.edu & tidewaterwritingproject757@gmail.com 757-683-4801

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Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 – Sir Edward Elgar

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Author-Led Book Studies 2020-2021

Reenergize your practices for the 2020–2021 school year
Connect with and learn from your favorite Solution Tree authors through our virtual book study series. Each free, author-led study includes 3 to 6
sessions and covers the topics educators like you have told us are most
relevant during this unprecedented time.
Upcoming Virtual Book Studies
Riding the Wave Book Study
With Jeremy Adams

Take Time for You Book Study
With Tina Boogren

Creating a Culture of Feedback Book Study
With Bill Ferriter and Paul Cancellieri

Crafting Your Message Book Study
With Tammy Heflebower

Starting a Movement Book Study
With Tom Hierck and Ken Williams HEART! Book Study
With Tim Kanold

NOW Classrooms Series Book Study
With Meg Ormiston

Teaching With the Instructional Cha-Chas Book Study
With LeAnn Nickelsen and Melissa Dickson

100-Day Leaders Book Study
With Doug Reeves

Breaking With Tradition Book Study
With Jon Vander Els and Brian Stack
    Reserve your space »    
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May 18 – 22, 2020

Week 4 and we are moving along. Keep working. You’re almost there! Remember to contact me if you have questions or concerns. I sent a link for updates when Edgenuity is offline. Hopefully, you will not experience too many days like that.

Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day so no Zoom meetings until Tuesday. Notices will go out for reminders. If you need one-to-one Zooms to help you with a particular skill, please send an email and I will do what I can to include you for a reasonable time slot.

Have a great week. . . . and Stay Dry! Forecast says rain all week!

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May 11 – 15, 2020

Week 3! Making it Happen! You should be very close or a little beyond the 50% mark this week. Almost there!

We’re winding down on the Zoom Sessions. Attend if you can and bring those questions or just join to chat with friends, get updates with skills, and important info with Edgenuity.

Remember to email me if you have questions or concerns. Especially if you need a retake or extra help with an Assignment or Quiz.

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Marine Biology, Oceanography, and Underwater

If you love whales, exotic fish, and underwater robots you won’t want your kids to miss this free class. Also learn what it’s like to be a real Marine Biologist. Sign up for this free class now!

This new online class is not only going to teach your kids about underwater life and the physical ocean elements, but also provide your kids with a hands-on experience of what it’s really like to be a marine biologist.

Kids learn how to study the creatures that live in the sea in their natural environment by building scientific instruments that marine biologists use in the field, including a live-cell microscope and underwater ROV robot in addition to exploring erupting chemical volcanoes, and so much more.

This class is ideal for kids ages 7-14 (older if they have not studied Marine Biology before). Use the web address to register for upcoming classes.

https://webinar.superchargedscience.com/marine-biology-online-class-eg-aw2-fb45/

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Virtual Field Day Tomorrow!

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Life Changing, Less-Stress Webinar in 48 hrs.

I have nothing for you to buy. This webinar, “Managing Stress with the Brain in Mind” can be life changing.

You can get one of the most valuable, best researched destress toolboxes ever. You will learn how to (once and for all) harness stress in your workplace and personal life.

This is a free event. And that’s not the value of this; my webinars are typically $3500/hour. This is a flat-out steal!

The event starts up in less than 48 hours. As they say, “You snooze, you lose.” If you cannot attend, ask a colleague to attend for you.

It is live. There will be no replays and no second chances to see for FREE.

Over the years, I have learned how to prepare for and manage extremely stressful situations, create routines, calm my own brain down, and respond to stress in ways that I never dreamed possible.

I’ll share with you every important insight and strategy I have discovered (and implemented) in this upcoming event… and again, it’s free to you ONLY during this free 75-minute webinar.

Keep reading if you or your colleagues:

  • struggle with managing your own stress
  • have students who may have stress disorders
  • work at a school where most staff are frazzled
  • realize how bad chronic or acute stress can be
  • want to find a way out of this “stress mess”

You are about to get access to this amazing event on Thursday, May 7, 2020.

During the event I will introduce you to five (5) powerful, must-have tools for a healthy stress response:

  1. the critical mindset
  2. prevention from stress
  3. stress resistance
  4. resilience and recovery
  5. alignment internally

The date is Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 12 noon Pacific time. The 75-min. webinar event is free and online. This live streaming will be the only way to view this webinar for zero cost, and it is limited to 1,000 people only. To gain access, you must register in advance by simply clicking HERE.

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Averett University – Fully Online Master’s Programs

Upcoming Information Meetings

You may register for local area, or online meetings by clicking “RSVP” next to your desired time.
Face-to-face meetings run approximately 30 minutes. Online meetings run approximately 20 minutes. During these meetings, we will discuss the application process, financial aid, payment plans, and any specific questions that you may have.
If you missed a meeting date, contact Kathy Watts to schedule your one-on-one virtual meeting.
For questions please contact the Graduate Information Office.

Online Information Sessions

MAY05Tuesday

LOCATION

Online3:30 p.m. RSVPMAY06Wednesday

LOCATION

Online4:30 p.m. RSVP5:30 p.m. RSVPMAY08Friday

LOCATION

Online12:00 p.m. RSVP

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Equity Learning Center

Equity Learning Institute

Please check back frequently. We’ll be adding more free and paid content soon!Welcome to the Equity Learning Institute, the virtual learning portal of the Equity Literacy Institute. In addition to offering the courses listed below, we create customized professional learning modules for schools, school districts, institutions of higher education, and other organizations. Use the button below to contact us if you’re interested in hearing more. Enjoy the learning!Contact Us

Our Courses

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May 4 – 8, 2020

Welcome to week 3 of Edgenuity!

Keep up the good work! If you’re not working or meeting the target goal/actual grade requirement, please feel free to contact me. I do offer Zoom meetings throughout the week, but it is important that you contact me if you need help beyond the class meetings.

Continue checking your email and moving through the program.

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Virtual Assignments for the Week of 5/4/2020-5/8/2020

1. Novel read for the next 2 weeks: Treasure Hunters #1: Keyword Cypher

Read the story in Epic– it is assigned to you.

(If you would rather read on your own with your own book that’s fine but remember: “Read as much as you possibly can. Nothing will help you as much as reading.”
J. K. Rowling

2. Edgenuity- You have assignments for your English, Math, and either Science or History class.  These should be worked on every day (Monday- Friday).

3. IReady is still up and running for those of you who want to work on it as extra help for you.  You know yourself and you know what you need help on.  IReady is custom made for what YOU need.  Use it to keep yourself learning and reviewing.

Email me with any questions or concerns and look in Google Classroom for zoom meetings.

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SPS Virtual Edgenuity F.A.Q.s

1. Is Edgenuity a new platform for the students?

Yes, Edgenuity is a new platform for most students and teachers. However, the district has been using Edgenuity for the past three years for a variety of purposes, such as credit recovery, initial credit, transfer students, and SOL remediation.

2. Is the login the same as Google Classroom?

No, the Edgenuity login is not the same as Google Classroom. Students will need to use the Edgenuity Student Quick Start Guide for log-in information. Students must be signed into their Suffolk Public Schools’ Google account to access the Edgenuity Student Quick Start Guide. This resource includes Edgenuity student default password credentials.

3. Will all assignments be in Edgenuity or will they still need to access Google Classroom?

Yes and no. This will mostly depend on the teacher and course. Students’ math, English, science, social studies, French, and Spanish courses will be in Edgenuity. Their elective courses may be in Google Classroom unless otherwise noted by their teacher. Teachers should have communicated the platform for their courses to students and parents.

Math, English, science, social studies, French, and Spanish teachers may still supplement Edgenuity via Google Classroom, Remind, or other online platforms.  All of the students’ lessons and graded work (practice problems, quizzes and tests) will be found and completed in Edgenuity.

4. Will everything students need to be successful in Edgenuity courses be provided in the platform or will they need prior knowledge or resources?

The materials presented in Edgenuity will be new learning for students.  In some cases, they may need to refer to or access the internet, books, or notes for material that may have already been taught during the year.  If a student runs into a problem with understanding materials in Edgenuity, please reach out to the teacher for assistance.  Teachers will still be available to supplement learning as needed as students progress through the platform.

5. What types of assignments will my student have to complete in Edgenuity?

Below is a list of the types of activities available and how they may be graded in Edgenuity. All courses do not have the same types of categories of assignments; it will vary by course.

Type of Assignment Grading Method
Vocabulary Not graded, for instruction only
Lecture and Lab Lecture Not graded, for instruction only
Instruction and Summary Not graded, for instruction only
Journal, Study Questions Automatically graded for completion based on keywords
Online content with Questions Earned percentage based on keywords
Online content without Questions Not graded, for instruction only
Practice with multiple choice or select answers Earned percentage
Practice with open ended questions Completion grade of 100%
Assignments and Virtual Labs with multiple choice or select answers Earned percentage
Assignments and Virtual Labs with open-ended questions Completion grade of 100%
Essays Teacher reviewed and graded
Short writing assignments Teacher reviewed and graded
Projects, Performance Tasks, and Lab Reports Teacher reviewed and graded
Quizzes, Tests, and Lab Assessments Earned percentage (ability to retest for any score below 63%)

Students should complete assignments and review activities as needed, but focus their efforts on tests and quizzes as those carry the most weight.  The majority of assignments are meant to support the student’s learning through the instruction in preparation for the assessments at the end of the lesson. Students may time out of assignments and activities if they are idle too long.  They should exit a course if they will be away from the device for an extended period of time so progress is not lost.

6. Does this “SPS Virtual Learning Plan” mean that none of the teachers will be hosting Zoom meetings or have any other engagement with students this school year?

No. Each teacher is required to be available for 2 hours a day (Mon to Thurs) to provide help or answer student/parent questions.  More information about the office hours can be found at the links below:

High School                               Middle School

** Please note that virtual times and days are subject to change if the teacher has to make adjustments for various reasons.

7. What if my student has special needs or was in an honors/accelerated course? What support will he/she receive?

Students with special needs will still have access to their special education teachers while in Edgenuity.  These teachers will monitor student progress along with the general education teacher and provide accomodations and resources based on the student’s Individualized Education Plan.  These teachers will be reaching out to parents and students to explain the academic support provided.  Students in honors or accelerated courses will be receiving instruction based on the essential skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete the course curriculum. Middle school gifted resource teachers will continue to provide support and enrichment activities to students via Google Classroom and other online platforms.

8. How much time should my student spend in Edgenuity each day? Do they have to follow the course map?

Edgenuity sets average times for assignments and assessments in the course map. Some of these times may go beyond the 20-25 minutes a day average outlined by the district.  Each Edgenuity course is about 20-25 hours long so the amount of time a student will spend in Edgenuity will vary based on course load and student ability. Students do not have to use the course map, but should try to stay on target by using the progress bar located on each course tile.  Each day the progress bar resets for that day’s work, so students will be behind each morning until they complete the work assigned for that day. Weekends are not included in the course map so students may want to use the weekend to get ahead in course materials for the following week.

9. How will this virtual nine weeks be graded?

The work completed in the virtual 4th nine weeks will account for 10% of their overall grade. Students will receive a pass grade (A) if 100% of the work is completed with an average of 63% or higher. Students will receive a fail grade (F) if work is not completed or if the average of the work completed falls below 63%. Students should not be concerned with lower than average grades while in Edgenuity if they are making adequate progress and passing the course. Retesting in tests and quizzes for a higher grade will only be provided if a student if performing below the 63% threshold.  Any students who earns 63% or above in an Edgenuity course will be awarded a letter grade of (A) for the 4th nine weeks, numerical grades will not be used.

10. Will students receive a failing grade if they do not complete the Edgenuity courses?

If a student does not complete the entire course, but has an “Actual Grade” of 63% or above as of June 5, they will pass the course. Students passing the course will pass with a letter grade of A for the Virtual Quarter. Students failing the course will receive a letter grade of F for the Virtual Quarter.

11. How will the final grades for the year be calculated?

Final Grade calculations are as follows:

High School Credit Courses (including those at the MS level):

1st nine weeks =31%, 2nd nine weeks 31%, Mid-Term EXAM= 8% 

3rd nine weeks = 20%, 4th nine weeks 10%

Middle School Year Long Courses:

1st nine weeks = 35%, 2nd nine weeks = 35%

3rd nine weeks = 20%, 4th nine weeks = 10%

Middle School Semester Courses

3rd nine weeks = 70%, 4th nine weeks = 30%

An example is provided below:

  1st 9 weeks (31%) 2nd 9 weeks (31%) Midterm   (8%) 3rd 9 weeks (20%) 4th 9 weeks (10%) FINAL
Sample English Grades A B- C B A B+
Sample Calculation Grades in MP1, MP2, MP3, and Exam are based on actual earned percentages 94 81 76 86 100 87.53 Rounds to 88  
Sample Algebra Grades C C D B F C-
Sample Calculation Grades in MP1, MP2, MP3, and Exam are based on actual earned percentages 76 75 66 85 62 75.29 Rounds to 75

12. How long does my student have to complete the work?

This is a self paced course with a completion deadline of June 5th, 2020. Students can work as fast as they want. To prevent burn out or extra stress we encourage students to take brain breaks and spread out the content in a way that works for them.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Students are responsible for completing the work provided. The work they are asked to complete is significantly less work than would be completed if we were in school.
  • Students are encouraged to take notes on paper or use the enotes tool through the lessons. **Notes taken on paper or through the program can be used on all practice problems, quizzes and tests. They must save their notes to have access to them later. Students will NOT have access to the video lessons during a quiz or test but can use the notes they take. It is highly encouraged for students to take notes!
  • Students are automatically allowed a retake on a quiz or test if they do not pass with a 63% or higher.
  • Weekly reports will be sent out to parents to help keep track of student progress.
  • Classwork, quiz and test grades WILL NOT be put in HAC for Edgenuity courses. The only grade that will go in HAC will be the overall letter grade at the end of the course. This is why weekly progress reports will be sent out.

13. What if there is an issue with the Edgenuity system?

If there is a widespread issue with Edgenuity, you can check the status at this site: https://status.edgenuity.com/

If you need technical support, you may contact Edgenuity using the contact information below:

Phone (fastest way to get a response): 877-202-0338

Email: CustomerSupport@edgenuity.com

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 pm. (EST); Saturday-Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST)

https://help.edgenuity.com/Help_Center/Resources/Contact_Us
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April 27 – May 1, 2020

Most students have logged into Edgenuity and they are working hard to get through the coursework. Remember, if you have questions or concerns you can always contact me. I’m here to help when I can.

Zoom meetings are held weekly. You will receive an advance notice. Attendance is not required, but it is an opportunity to get together and catch up with friends, ask questions, get help, and learn about resources.

Remember to check your school email, regularly, and email me if you have problems moving through the program.

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Kahoot Certification

What is Kahoot! Certified for schools?

Email notification needs to be submitted, not the certificate in Frontline. 

Welcome to Kahoot! Certified for schools, our free program to help you become the ultimate Kahoot! superhero. You can maximize learning with Kahoot!, score awesome diplomas and digital badges, and you could be eligible to claim professional learning credits.

Are you ready to create amazing moments in your classroom? Begin your journey now with the essential courses!

Bronze

Effortlessly navigate the Kahoot! platform

Search and discover existing high-quality kahoots from our library of millions

Duplicate and customize an existing kahoot to fit your needs

Launch and host a kahoot game in your class

Silver

Create a high-quality kahoot game from scratch

Add multimedia to enhance your kahoot

Understand game options to tailor your Kahoot! experience and host like a pro

Access and analyze Kahoot! reports and data

Gold

Use Kahoot! for formative assessment

Master the Kahoot! app, from the creator tool to homework challenges

Understand how to use Kahoot! for revision

Have a clear understanding of some of the deeper use cases for Kahoot!

Get 25% off when upgrading to Kahoot! Premium

Get Kahoot! Certified

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Tidewater Writing Project 2020 Summer Institute

Dates: July 20th – 31st, 2020
Hours: 9am – 11:30am with virtual meeting via Zoom at Noon – 3pm, asynchronous
Audience: This institute is designed for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, as well as coaches in all content areas.
Participants will:
• Earn 3 hours of graduate credit (equal to 90 certification points).
• Receive a certificate of completion.
• Become a Teacher-Consultant (TCs) of writing instruction.
• Join the professional network of the National Writing Project.

Objectives:
• Experience the writing process by identifying and developing your own writing.
• Develop and present a best-practice demonstration lesson which explores the theoretical
underpinnings and examines student work.
• Identify and research classroom practice with the aim of developing lifelong learning and professional discussion around the nexus of pedagogy and curriculum.


Tuition:
Licensed teachers currently working in public schools will receive a 25% tuition discount.
• Tuition with discount for graduate students: $1,306.50.
• Tuition without discount for graduate students: $1,742.
Admission and Registration:
• Course Number and Title: TLED 695 (CRN 36509 or CRN 36510)
• TWP Invitational Summer Institute: Teacher Leadership Development


Please register by June 15, 2020 at https://odu.edu/academics/summer

For information on how to register, please go to https://online.odu.edu/academics/how-register-
courses

For more information and questions, please contact Dr. Lea Lee

Department of Teaching and Learning
Darden College of Education & Professional Studies

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia – 23529

lxlee@odu.edu & tidewaterwritingproject757@gmail.com

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Everyday Strategies for Building Vocabulary

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Grab your cup of coffee and join us for a free virtual coffee chat on Everyday Strategies for Building Vocabulary.

In less than 60 minutes, discover new ways to engage students with rich, powerful vocabulary and gain proven strategies to help them learn words and how they work.

Thursday, May 7th at 9:30 AM EDT

Reserve my FREE seat!

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Supporting Exceptional Students Webinar (4/29) / New Blogs & Leadership Podcasts/ Support Survey Due by 5/1

 April 29, 2020 2:00 pm EDT
In this webinar, our guests Sharon Plante and Leslie DiChiara will share how they work with teachers and students across curriculum areas and classrooms to prioritize the learning needs of students with disabilities. From coaching, mentoring, and coteaching to using adaptive technology hardware and software, educators can personalize learning for their students. Also, joining us will be Ace Parsi, a spokesperson for the National Center for Learning Disabilities, sharing how advocacy and research can improve outcomes for people with learning and attention issues and other disabilities. Mr. Parsi will lend his perspective on about how to shape local and national policy to reduce barriers and ensure opportunity and access for all students.
Register Today
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Reading@UVA Information Session

Register NOW: Reading@UVA Online Information Session

Click HERE to Register

Are you interested in becoming a reading specialist?

Do you want more information about teaching your students how to read, spell and write?

Do you want to join the vibrant learning and research community at UVA’s Curry School?

Join us at lunchtime on Wednesday, May 6th at 12:00pm EST for a brief information session on what the vibrant learning and research community at UVA’s Curry School can offer to you and your teachers.

Reading@UVA Online Information Session

When

Wednesday, May 6th, 12pm

Where

This is an online event.

 More information

Cost: FREE

Contact: Dr. Susan Thacker-Gwaltney, Ph.D. susantg@virginia.edu

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The session will be recorded in case you cannot attend. Please come and bring a friend!

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